A name is just a name. It doesn’t define who I am or anything about me. In fact I could be name A, B, C or X, Y, Z. I am a human who has emotions and intelligence, and I want to make this world a better place for everyone.
When I began my education at Benjamin Cardozo High School, I just wanted to be a normal student who could fit in with other American students. However, my experiences in China altered my world view in ways that I could never have imagined. I not only faced language and familial struggles, but I found the new culture and lavish lifestyle overwhelming. I was afraid to talk with Americans and feared venturing outside of the Chinese community. I thought that American students could not understand the struggles that I had been through.
My study of art in high school changed my views of America, as well as China. I learned to break away from my comfort zone. I began to open myself up to America, and then began trying to think as an American. Youth Insights has a wide platform that allows me to observe Western culture. I realize a need to examine cultural issues from more than one perspective, an approach that is not currently supported in China. My decision to create art reflects my desire to examine the cultures and history of China from a more holistic and objective point of view.
The freedom to speak my mind and time spent with my art portfolio have become my American dream. As I have experiences with both China and America, I want to personally shape an alternate cultural identity that will strike a balance between the two countries.